Community Solar Program
Plug into OPPD's Community Solar program to help build a clean energy future
Interested in clean renewable energy but don’t want the expense of installation and maintenance costs of solar on your roof? Or maybe you rent your home or don’t have a compatible roof for solar panels? OPPD’s community solar program makes it easy and affordable to use clean, locally generated energy.
Why you should join
What’s in it for you to participate in OPPD’s community solar? By subscribing to one or more shares you’ll get to share, among the other participants, in the opportunity to help produce clean energy today in support of a cleaner energy future! Other benefits include:
- You get affordable solar energy.
OPPD’s community solar program is an affordable way to increase your use of renewable energy while keeping your costs low and predictable. Installation of solar panels on your home can be very costly along with the additional costs related to maintenance, inspection, fees and increases in homeowners’ insurance premiums. This program offers the opportunity for you to be energy conscious and support clean energy at a low rate.
- Contribute to a cleaner environment.
Solar energy is a sustainable, renewable and clean way to generate energy. It actively contributes to the decline of greenhouse gas emissions and helps protect our environment. Participating in OPPD’s community solar program allows you to take a leadership role in support of 5 megawatts (MW) of clean energy to be generated and consumed throughout our communities.
- You get the first chance at potential financial savings.
The community solar charge is based on the market rate of solar energy and the cost of building and maintaining the Fort Calhoun solar farm. If the cost of the solar farm is met and the solar energy market rate is below the standard energy rate, participants will see an energy credit on their bills. As a participant, you won’t see immediate savings, but enrolling in the program early secures your place for potential savings down the road.
- Our community will grow its regional green economy.
From 2010 to 2017, employment in the solar industry has grown by 168 percent nationwide. When you enroll in OPPD’s community solar program, you can help stimulate this trend in eastern Nebraska by supporting the creation of local solar jobs.
Why OPPD created Community Solar.
With our commitment to provide you with affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services, a study team was formed to research the possibility of creating a community solar program. Many options were looked at, including those suggested by our customers. Based on the findings, OPPD concluded that moving forward in support of a solar program was widely popular with both our residential and business customers. The solar farm will be located east of Fort Calhoun and is expected to come online June 30, 2019. This solar farm will be able to produce 5 MW of solar energy and the generation will be divided into shares to be portioned out to the customers who wish to support clean renewable energy. By participating in the program, you’re contributing to a portion of the solar energy generated at the facility.
How it works.
When you enroll in OPPD’s community solar, you can subscribe to one or more shares. Each share represents 100 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity. A monthly solar charge will be a separate item on your monthly bill and calculated as shown in the graphic below. In order to secure your shares, there is a one-time refundable investment of $100 which will be added to your first bill after you subscribe to the program. Thereafter, your monthly solar charge will be a monthly contribution based on the number of shares you subscribe to support when the solar farm is generating energy.
For example, an average home of 2,000 square feet uses approximately 1,000 kWh of electricity per month, 10 percent of the monthly consumption can be off-set by subscribing to 1 share.
Use the Community Solar Calculator to determine the level of participation you want to support.
Who can participate?
You can contribute to OPPD’s community solar program if you are:
- A residential homeowner or tenant, including net metering customers
- Have a service address within OPPD's service territory with an account in good standing
- Agree to the five-year continuous contract commitment
- Agree to Terms and Conditions of the program
What does the deposit secure?
- Only a limited number of customers can participate in the program. Your refundable deposit will secure your place in this group, bypassing long waiting lists.
- Additionally, because this is a program that requires a substantial upfront investment from OPPD, it’s our responsibility to ensure we have a pool of participants who are committed to the program for several years.
For more answers to frequently asked questions, visit our FAQ page.
Learn more about solar energy
Below are some fascinating facts about solar energy and how it could affect our community in the future.
What is Community Solar?
What you should know before installing solar panels
Community VS. Rooftop Solar
Additional Resources and FAQs
Background of OPPD's Community Solar Program
March 2018 Board PowerPoint Presentation
February 2018 Board Video Presentation
February 2018 Board Presentation
December 2017 Board Presentation
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